More About Me

I appreciate the opportunity to earn your business and thought it might be helpful to give you some information about myself. To begin, I am of Dutch descent. I was raised by parents whose families emigrated from Holland in order to find a better life in the US. Their hard work ethic was passed on to me and my siblings. We grew some of our own food and raised animals. I taught myself to ride horses while still very young and hand-raised calves, chickens and sheep. That hard work as a child stayed with me to adulthood, and is evidenced now as I work with buyers and sellers. My goal is to always work diligently to negotiate the best price and terms possible for my clients.

Later on as I grew, my dad transformed himself into a carpenter and started a construction business. He started building small homes and eventually grew the company into one which built banks, schools, roads, even the Port of Everett which used to be a swamp. I was often drafted to help, even driving his dump trucks at the Port of Everett spreading fill dirt.

My fondness for new construction grew into becoming a general contractor and building two homes for myself. This skill has really been helpful during my years as a Realtor. When colleagues in the office need a good electrician or plumber, I am often asked who to use. Since then I have also experienced “flipping” homes. I periodically attend foreclosure auctions attempting to secure another project home. Prior to building houses, I was a high school teacher in Los Angeles and later, in Bellevue. Now I teach my clients what constitutes a quality home or the art of flipping, all the while handing out bits and pieces of information regarding construction or various building materials. I believe these different career choices really helped me to be the very best Realtor I can be, a career which I thoroughly enjoy.

In my spare time, I volunteer as a King County Master Gardener, dispensing free plant advice to local residents who need their plant problems solved with reliable advice. I also love dispensing that advice to my clients, with questions regarding their “new” gardens. In addition, I teach classes to first-time home buyers through the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. It's a group of buyers I have a passion for and I love the way they soak up new information!